Dubai & Norway
During July school holidays my family and I travelled to Norway to visit friends. Emirates was out choice of airlines and we enjoyed Dubai as a stopover. We arrived in 40+ degree temperatures but spent most of the days relaxing in Madinat Jumeirah Resort’s lagoon pool. The resort is a 5 star themed Arabian Town, beautiful setting, water features and close to the Mall of the Emirates. My
family loved Dubai, lots of activities. The city of world records (largest
shopping mall and tallest Building) The Burj Khalifa looks stunning and has a
musical water and light fountain at its foot.
Oslo’s architecture is stunning and eye catching. From its modern Opera House, and developed waterfront to the cities historical Akershus Fortress, and Grand Palace. Oslo has a compact city centre and short distances to major
attractions, makes exploring by bike easy & fun, hiring from 1 of 200
bike racks. Highlights from my trip include, visiting the many fjords on the
west coast, the small town of Vikedal is my favourite. Travelling by train from
Oslo to Myrdal which is 867 meters above sea level and connects with the Flam Railway, which is one of the steepest trainlines in the world, the 1 hour
journey takes you to the town of Flam on the Sogneford through mountains
passes, 20 tunnels and breathtaking waterfalls. I can see why National
Geographic Traveler Magazine has named the Flam Railway as one of the top 10 train journeys in Europe.
Another city favourite was Bergen, a World Heritage city. The historic centre known as Bryggen features colourful wooden houses on the old wharf, The Fløibanen Funicular goes up Fløyen Mountain for panoramic views on a
clear day !
A day visit to Prekestolen is recommended, also known as the Preacher's Pulpit or Pulpit Rock, is a steep and massive cliff is 604 metres above Lysefjord and takes a 3 hour hike to get there… the achievement and stunning views are incredible.
Norway was an incredible country to visit in lots of ways and we felt safe travelling as a family.